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Find a COVID 19 Vaccine near you - Vaccines.gov

Need help finding a vaccine? Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489)

ATTENTION JACKSON & HILLSDALE COUNTY FAMILIES!

Apply NOW for Early Head Start (ongoing) and Head Start Preschool (3 or 4 years old by December 1) for the 2021-22 school year!

Call (517) 539-8336 to schedule an appointment, or use these links:

JACKSON - http://ow.ly/uYMK50F2eoh
HILLSDALE - http://ow.ly/HTVT50F2eojflyer for early head start and pre-k. ATTENTION JACKSON & HILLSDALE COUNTY FAMILIES!  Apply NOW for Early Head Start (ongoing) and Head Start Preschool for the 2021-22 school year! Call (517) 539-8336 to schedule an appointment

All Michigan resident's 12+ are now eligible for the COVID vaccine

Jackson County residents wanting the COVID vaccine but unable to leave their homes can call one of these three organizations for more information on their available options.   Region 2 Area Agency on Aging  (517) 592-1976 - disAbility Connections (517) 998-3084 -  Jackson County Department on Aging (517) 788-4364

To best serve our community's needs, LifeWays is requesting your voluntary participation by completing this short questionnaire regarding Barriers to Services.

All answers are anonymous.


LifeWays Community Outreach Survey


Jackson County residents, the Jackson Continuum of Care has a housing survey that needs your input.  to help local agencies better understand the housing needs of the community, they have developed this survey below.  Please take a few minutes and complete the survey.  The survey is anonymous and will help agencies better serve the needs of community members with their housing needs.

Jackson Continuum of Care Housing Survey


While we plan on having the Loan Closet open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Because of COVID, there may be times we feel it is unsafe to do so out of concern for the people we serve and the people we employ.  We ask you please call AHEAD (517)782-6054 to check if it is open and to request equipment so we can make the process easier for all involved.

 Fix-dis services are under the same conditions as the Loan Closet.  Equipment must be dropped off the Tuesday before to allow proper sterilization time for people working on equipment.

flyer saying our durable medical equipment will be available on Monday through Friday to rent or buy with contactless curbside service.  Call 517-782-6054 to request equipment


As disAbility Connections reflects on the current social climate, we remember that the Independent Living Movement owes much to the civil rights movement.  Persons with disabilities took inspiration from the brave individuals of the civil rights movement who fought for their rights in society and recognized in themselves the strength to work for equal treatment.    disAbility Connections affirms it will continue to serve the community as an organization striving to advance the independence, productivity and full inclusion of all who live with disabilities.  disAbility Connections will never treat someone poorly because of who they are and will continue to work for justice for all.

The partnership with U of M and disAbility Connections has provided a great video of the importance of accessibility and the impact it has on people.  Please watch the video and click on the link below to read the article that goes with it.

http://impact.govrel.umich.edu/access-for-all/

How different would the story have been if Victor Frankenstein and the villagers had reacted to the “creature” not with fear and violence, but with “yes and” and “got your back”?

Watch Jim Ansaldo from the Indiana Institute On Disability at Indiana University, lead this participatory, thoughtful, and fun session. They used improv-- the art of making things up on the spot -- to explore these ideas and co-create new stories of disability that represent our highest aspirations.

Get ready to follow along in this active and fun presentation, focused around how we can change the discourse about disability.

silhouette of Frankenstein's big squared head and hole in his neck where the bolt goes


Link to Watch Video


Disability Rights are Civil Rights

Pedaling for Parkinson's 

@ Jackson YMCA

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

127 W. Wesley

Jackson, MI  49201. 

Classes run in 8 week sessions.  Participants can register at any time.

For additional information you can contact Marilyn Guidinger at (517) 914-5186 or  Shawna Tello of YMCA at (517) 782-0537 

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YOUR OPINION COUNTS

The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) needs to hear directly from people who have disabilities, their family members, friends, caregivers and other stakeholders. Your participation in the process is vital and we appreciate your time and consideration in completing this survey.  

The information collected will help to assess how those programs and services are meeting the needs of people who have disabilities living in Michigan.  The following link will take you to the survey.

Michigan SILC Needs Assessment



disAbility Connections, Inc.      409 Linden Ave.  Jackson, MI   49203      Phone:  (517) 782-6054      Fax:  (517)  782-3118

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